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Images of a New Forest Winter

It may be soggy underfoot. Trees may be black and skeletal against a steely sky. A hard frost may dazzle on a sharp, cloudless morning. But winter in the New Forest has its own, particular atmosphere. Here, Guild photographers capture some of it…..

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Landscape study – Guild visits Blenheim Palace

Gillian Thornton reports on a Guild tour of Blenheim Palace:  As thank you presents go, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire ranks up there with the very best. A gift to military commander John Churchill by a grateful Queen Anne, this 18th century extravaganza of golden stone would top anybody’s wish list. Last year, Blenheim Palace celebrated…

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Heavy horsepower in Herts

Traditional horsepower is alive and well at Wimpole Home Farm. Gillian Thornton takes the reins for a day. ‘Now who’d like to be first with the hoofpick?’ Head Horseperson Emma looks at her four cadets for volunteers. We all hold back, not wanting to seem too eager, then everyone speaks at once. But there’s no rush. With two magnificent…

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Swaledale – in search of Booze

Tim Bird finds England’s fastest flowing river and the valley that takes its name are the perfect setting for active but leisurely paced holidays. Finns are known for their fondness for the hard stuff, but that’s got nothing to do with the fact that my Finnish wife was especially interested in looking for Booze in Swaledale…

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Nudist beaches – who are they really for?

According to the National Trust, up to 5,000 people visit Studland Beach’s naturist site on a busy summer’s day. That’s a lot of bums and boobs to the uninitiated; actually that’s just a lot of bums and boobs full stop. And demand is clearly on the rise, as the Trust has recently expanded the nudist…